Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
THE LORD’S PERSONAL TOUCH
Isaiah 6:8-9a “… I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’ Then He said, ‘Go and tell this people…’ ”
You are learning that God cares very deeply about you. In fact, as the Bible says, God loves you. As you accept and live in His love, your life is being made whole, saved, even born all over again. God’s love touches your life with the greatest care.
People around you need “a touch” from the Lord, too. As the most loving Father, God wants to apply an appropriate touch of His hand to the folks around you by sending them a gift. Like Isaiah in the verse you just read, He will prepare and send you. He will send you in a way that will help another person to see what you are seeing: The loving care of Father God. His love is the gift, and you are the heart that will touch another life.
Isaiah was experiencing this “touch” in his own life (Isa 6:6,7), and he learned through God’s care for him that there was an assignment God had for him. He was being changed by God’s touch, he was willing to help, and he accepted the assignment to go and be the caring touch of God.
While all of that sounds like, and actually is a really big deal, the way that the touch of God happens turns out most often to be in ordinary, personal scenes of life. Why? I believe that God’s loving touch works most often in ordinary ways because that’s the way most of life happens. That’s where people are hurting, sinful, lonely, etc. Our Lord is really, really wise and smart. He loves you and the people around you so much that He will do everything necessary to help us accept His merciful love. But flashes and explosions and voices out of the sky pretty much just scare people who are already lost, confused, lonely, hurting or rebellious. So, His way of accomplishing the huge tasks of His powerful plan is going to send His loving touch in a shape and size that the person next to you can actually understand. See how smart God is?
So, like Isaiah, open your eyes to the Lord and to folks around you, and be willing. When the Spirit of God helps you to see someone who needs His love and help, will you say to the Lord what Isaiah said? Will you say, “Here am I, Lord. Send me.”
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12
“…he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:20
Love someone and lead them to Jesus. His touch gives new life.